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Modern Day Indiana Jones Urges Graduates
to Follow Their Passion as Mankind
Faces 'Make-it or Break-it Moment'

He's been called a visionary, an innovator, explorer and even a modern-day Indian Jones. At 30, Albert Lin, alumnus and researcher at UC San Diego has earned world-renowned fame for his use of modern-day technologies to uncover an ancient past. Lin's high-tech and high-risk excursions helped him earn the Adventurer of the Year 2010 award by National Geographic Adventure magazine. Lin spoke to a crowd of about 2,500 graduating students at the fourth-annual All Campus Graduation Celebration Friday night. More arrow

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Former White House Doctor Advises
Graduates to Rise Above Weak Economy

Graduates Preparing to address the 2011 graduates of UC San Diego, Dr. Connie Mariano found herself returning to her college study habits. She spent late nights at Starbucks tossing around ideas with friends. She asked her two sons, ages 22 and 24, for advice, hoping to learn what their generation wanted to hear before entering into the real world.
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Irwin Jacobs and Jack Wolf Win 2011 Marconi
Prize, Known as Nobel of Information Technology

Irwin Jacobs Irwin Mark Jacobs and Jack Keil Wolf—two engineers whose groundbreaking research and designs in digital communication helped propel the information revolution—are winners of the prestigious 2011 Marconi Society Fellowship and Prize. Both men were longtime professors at UC San Diego. The prize is sometimes referred to as the Nobel of Information Technology. More arrow

Two Triton Pitchers Drafted by Major League Baseball
Pitchers UC San Diego senior pitchers Tim Shibuya and Guido Knudson were both drafted Tuesday on the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Shibuya, a 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound right-hander, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 23rd round as the 718th overall pick. Knudson, a 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound righty, was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round, the 857th overall pick. More arrow

A Foundation for the Future: UC San Diego
Celebrates 50 Years of Achieving the Extraordinary

UCSD 50th From honoring the university's founders to highlighting the campus' ongoing transformation into a living laboratory of sustainable solutions, UC San Diego celebrated its landmark 50th anniversary with a variety of special events and activities designed to engage the campus and San Diego community while highlighting historic milestones, remarkable achievements and innovative firsts. More arrow

UC San Diego Volunteers Donate
62,000 Hours of Service Worth $1.5 Million

Volunteer50 More than 3,300 members of the UC San Diego community donated over 62,000 hours of service during the university's 50th anniversary celebration, contributing roughly $1.5 million of free labor according to calculations from Independent Sector which provides the value of a volunteer hour. More arrow

UC San Diego Charts Significant Progress
in Diversity Efforts During Its 50th Anniversary Year

Diversity From artwork to outreach, UC San Diego continues to institute programs and policies aimed at enhancing campus climate and welcoming a diverse community. The Chicano Legacy 40 Años mural is now a permanent fixture on campus, the summer "Focus on the Future" program will be expanded to include students and teachers from three San Diego high schools in addition to participants from Compton High School, and the 2010-2011 freshmen and transfers and admissions for the 2011-2012 academic year yielded record increases in underrepresented student populations. More arrow

Hellman Fellows Fund Grants
$2.4 Million to Support Research of Junior Faculty

Hellman The Hellman Fellows Fund has made a grant of $2.4 million to UC San Diego to support junior faculty members in their scholarly work as they strive for tenure with the university. The gift from the Hellman Fellows Fund provides renewed funding to UC San Diego's Hellman Fellows program, which was established in 1994 with a $2.5 million gift from Warren and Chris Hellman and their family. More arrow

World's Leading Biological Physicists
to Converge on Campus Next Week

Steven Chu U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be on campus next week to participate in an international scientific conference. But Chu, a co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, won't be here to talk about U.S. energy policy. Since the establishment at UC San Diego of the National Science Foundation's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics in 2002, scientists around the world have begun to recognize the value of applying the theoretical tools of physics and mathematics to better understand the fundamental principles governing complex biological systems. More arrow

Class of 2011 at Preuss School
Looks Forward to New Challenges

Charter school to be represented at all 10 UC campuses by Class 2011 graduates
TBDEighty-one percent of the class of 2011 at The Preuss School UCSD were accepted to at least one UC campus, and six seniors will attend UC San Diego. In fact, the charter school will be represented at all 10 of the UC campuses by a total of 30 seniors. Other top colleges like Harvard, Georgetown, Duke and Johns Hopkins are also among the choices for this year’s Preuss grads. More arrow

Surfboards in Solidarity: Moores
Cancer Center Hosts Survivor Beach June 19

Survivor Beach Hundreds of surfers, cancer survivors and friends will gather together, with surfboards in hand, on La Jolla Shores June 19 for an annual San Diego tradition: Survivor Beach. Attendees will place surfboards along the edge of the shore, nose-to-tail, from Scripps Pier down La Jolla Shores, with the goal of forming a record-breaking line of several hundred surfboards. More arrow

New Species of Deep-sea
Worms Named as Part of Contest

Contest WinnersFuzzicawuzzicus
Ask the public’s help in naming two new species of deep-sea worms, and you’re bound to get a few off-the-wall suggestions. These were some of the unique names submitted for Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ Name a Species Contest, which concluded last week. More arrow


Gabriele Wienhausen, Associate Dean of Biological Sciences, Earns TWIN Award for Leadership
Weinhausen Gabriele Wienhausen, associate dean for education in the Division of Biological Sciences, has been named one of the 2011 recipients of the San Diego YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding women professionals for their leadership, achievement and contributions to their organizations. More arrow

Triton Pitcher Named California Collegiate
Athletic Association Female Athlete of Year

Softball Camille Gaito of the No. 1 ranked UC San Diego softball team was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Female Athlete of the Year Tuesday. Gaito becomes UC San Diego's second straight and fourth student-athlete overall to be honored as the conference's top women's athlete. More arrow

Late Nobel Laureate, UCSD Physicist
to Appear on U.S. Postal Service Stamp

Mayer Stamp Founding faculty member Maria Goeppert Mayer will appear on a stamp to be issued Thursday by the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp is one in a series that honors Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to science. More arrow

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New iPhone App Offers
Self-guided Tours of Stuart Collection

Press Clips

  arrow Researchers See Unusually Rapid
Decline in Water Source for Western Rivers

New York Times, June 10

  arrow Testosterone Decline: Not Inevitable With Age?
CBS News, June 7

  arrow Rule Breaker
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 10

  arrow Researchers' Video Game Puts
Players in Japanese Internment Camps

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 8

  arrow UC San Diego Commencement Ceremonies Begin
Channel 8, June 11


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June 13, 2011

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Potent Greenhouse Gas
Eliminated from Safety Test on UC Campuses

UC San Diego and the UC Office of the President have persuaded state regulators to drop a requirement that UC campuses use a potent greenhouse gas in a required laboratory safety test.
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Softball Champs
Celebrate with Fans

Students, staff and faculty had the opportunity to meet and celebrate with UC San Diego's very own NCAA Softball Division II National Champions Thursday at Goody's along Ridgewalk. Fans were welcome to mingle and take photos with the trophy or team, and free autographed posters were handed out. More arrow


Summer Camp
to Hold Toy Drive for
Rady Children's Hospital

Knockaround Camp is partnering with the local nonprofit KidzUSA for the second annual summer toy drive to benefit Rady Children's Hospital. Giving a child a small toy is a great feeling and a great lesson in generosity for campers. Some favorites include boxes of crayons, Play-Doh, small cars, bubbles, stuffed animals and coloring books. The drive runs June 13 to Sept. 2. Donations can be dropped off at the Main Gym, Rec Gym, RIMAC, Canyonview Pool and Student Health, among others. For more info: Contact Patricia at Or visit Knockaround.

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What's Happening

Alumni Weekend
June 16 - 19, 2011


UCSD Alumni Surf Invitational and Beach Party
June 18, 2011
Black's Beach


UCSD Alumni and Family Night at Birch Aquarium
6 p.m.
June 17, 2011
Birch Aquarium


Helen Edison Lecture Series: Roy Schwitters
7 p.m.
July 19, 2011
Birch Aquarium


Economics Roundtable: Mark Jacobsen
7:30 a.m.
July 22, 2011
Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club


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You Do The Math

7,535 = number of UCSD students receiving diplomas in 11 commencement ceremonies

1,000 = number of UCSD graduates receiving their master degree June 11

450 = number of UCSD students receiving doctor of philosophy degrees

143 = number of graduates receiving doctor of medicine degrees from UCSD School of Medicine June 5

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A Marvel Inside a Miracle
From its origins in a small marine lab on the coast of Coronado and in Quonset huts clustered on a La Jolla bluff, UC San Diego has ascended over 50 remarkable years to the world ranks of premier research universities. This 128-page journey, beautifully illustrated through more than 175 archival photographs, brings to life the inspiring leaders, legendary scholars and spirited students—all the elements of the "marvel inside a miracle" that is the University of California, San Diego.
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